Written by Joey Powell, Executive Director of the Me Fine Foundation
Third time’s the charm, right?
It sure felt that way on Friday, April 20th when nearly 250 members of our community turned out at All Saints Chapel for the 2018 edition of Music For Me Fine. This year’s show featured the stellar musical lineup of talented North Carolinians: Eric Scholz, Skylar Gudasz, and Django Haskins.
In 2016, this event turned from idea into reality in 38 days. Me Fine Foundation board member Ben Steel led the charge from day one, with the hope of connecting his passion for music to a cause he cared deeply about: providing hope for families whose critically ill children were being treated in the Triangle’s own backyard.
Me Fine raised a little over $21,000 at the first Music for Me Fine benefit concert. The following year, the event generated more than $25,000. After crunching the numbers from 2018, we are ecstatic to share that this year’s show raised more than $60,000!
What does that $60,000 mean for Me Fine’s mission? Here are a few ways how your support will make a difference for sick children and their families:
- $1,000 provides enough for about 40 tanks of gas
- $1,500 purchases 1000 hours of parking at UNC Hospital
- $5,000 covers the average costs of 40 utility bills
- $10,000 hires teachers through Arts For Life to provide music lessons
Music for Me Fine is all about our community, so we try to emphasize as much local enterprise and innovation as we can, including in the night’s food and beverage options. Empire Eats Catering served lasagna from Gravy and shrimp & grits from The Raleigh Times.
Craig and Lindsay Rudewicz, owners of Crude Bitters & Sodas, whipped up two special signature cocktails: an old fashioned and a cucumber spritzer, both of which garnered rave reviews. Delectable desserts — brownies, cookies, macaroons, and more — were generously contributed by Daniel Benjamin of lucettegrace. Patrons filled their cups with Shotgun Betty and Sweet Josie thanks to Lonerider Brewing. Local distributor Freedom Beverage donated cases of red and white wines, which paired perfectly with the spring-like Friday evening.
For the first time, all attendees had the chance to take home a prize (or two) in our raffle! Local shops like Larry’s Coffee and The Fresh Market crafted incredible gift baskets of goodies. Raleigh Little Theatre donated two tickets to their upcoming show “Don’t Dress For Dinner.” And Empire Eats stepped up again to package up some of its infamous rubs, spices, coffee, and more from its family of restaurants!
Finally, our silent auction made the nights of several attendees, as they took home a NC Football Club Youth package that included four Owner’s Suite tickets to a July match, personalized Crude Bitters cocktail class, one of the remaining bottles of the Famous Grouse Whisky, trips down the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and to New Orleans, and a signed guitar by the evening’s co-headliners, Django and Skylar.
Seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones is what makes this event such a highlight for me personally. Thank you for being a part of the night, and more importantly, a part of the Me Fine Family!
Oh, and did you catch the selfie station? Ben and I opted to take ours upstairs during soundcheck with a special guest: